Verona Boys Lacrosse Camp

Centennial Field

Verona, NJ


GameBreaker returns to Centennial Field for this Verona lacrosse camp. Top New Jersey high school coach Dave Giarrusso will direct the program, joined by other high school coaches and NCAA players. Join us this summer for a great week of lacrosse instruction and new lax friends!

About Our Coaches

Dave Giarrusso

Dave Giarrusso is the current Assistant Lacrosse Coach of Montclair Kimberley Academy. Prior to that, Dave was the Head Coach of Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, New Jersey. Dave was also at the Pingry School where he helped them win their first Non Public B State Championship.

In his coaching career, Dave has won the Essex County title eight times and has coached over 12 High School All Americans as well as numerous NCAA student athletes and professional players.

A 1988 graduate of Hingham, MA. Dave was a four year starter, captain and team MVP. He played collegiately at the University of Vermont, where he was again a four year starter, captain and MVP. He began his coaching career at Saint Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, where he led the team to three straight California State championships and an undefeated season in 2002. He was voted Northern California coach of the year four times and Man of the Year for his effort in getting the sport sanctioned by the state. He was recently inducted into the Northern California lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is a current Board of Trustee member for the New Jersey Chapter of US Lacrosse.

David is a History teacher and the head Freshman Football coach at Seton Hall Prep, and a lecturer for the Positive Coaching Alliance. He resides in Verona, NJ with his wife and three sons.

Matt Diglio

Matt Diglio is the new boys lacrosse coach at Verona High School. Prior to coming to Verona High School, Matt has coached at Pequannock High School Boy’s Lacrosse Coach as the team's defensive coordinator. He has also coached for the BBL Elite team.

As a player, Matt played at Wayne Hills High School and collegiately at Montclair State University.

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Camp Details

Check in/out: All campers check in daily at 8:45 am. The full day campers will check out daily at 3:00 pm with our half day campers checking out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to boys ages 6-16, Our half-day camp option is open to ages 6-10 and our full day camp option is open to ages 9-16. All ability and levels are welcomed.

Meals: Campers are to bring their own lunch to camp.

Camp Schedule:
8:45 - Campers arrive and check in; Stretching and warm-up
9:15 - First Session - Individualized skill work
10:15 - Position specific training
10:30 – Break, team building and leadership events
10:45 – Unsettled situational game play
12:00 – Supervised group lunch, Half-Day Campers depart
12:45 – Camp games and team building events
1:00 - Team Concepts – Settled game awareness and play
2:00 - Team games – Scrimmages
3:00 – Daily review and award ceremony - Full-Day Campers depart

Morning Training Session 1

Fundamental Stick Work - Specialized stick routines involving box and targeted fundamental drills

Position Specific Training

Defense - including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork – pivot, recovery and angles
Stick work – clearing, carrying and stick protection
Field Awareness – slide, recovery and on ball play

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally and up top
Riding – drop back, pressure and 10-man rides

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally and up top
Defensive Play – body positioning, field awareness and sliding

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in cage, off stick and stick side movement
Clearing – moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball and stick work

Face Off Specialist
Mechanics – footwork and body positioning
Outlets – pushing the ball to wings, communicating how and where they should go
Draw – speed work, counter moves and development of additional moves

Specialized Leadership Games and Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse and other leadership activities

Morning Training Session 2

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to each type of situation
2v1 Fast play from the ally, X and Y
Cross field 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off ground ball and clears
Full field transitional continuous play


Chalk Talk - Reviewing techniques and game theories specific to the players position and the weeks on field technical activities

Afternoon Training Session 1

Grouped Position Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense, Midfield vs. Midfield and LSM’s
1v1’s, 2v2’s 3v3’s, 4v4’s– from all positions on the field focusing in
on specific game philosophy’s, techniques and spatial awareness

Specialized Team Building and Leadership Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse and other leadership activities

Afternoon Training Session 2

Game Play - Clear ride scrimmage, full field scrimmages, camp championship tournament, 7 vs 7, box lacrosse tournament

Daily Award Ceremony

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Kaitlin R. - Parent

While watching my son play since the beginning of camp, I can see a vast improvement in his game. The coaches definitely did a great job. My son loved the camp and I would recommend this camp without any hesitation.

reviews-10 Luke E. - Parent

We signed up for this camp at the last minute and are so glad we did. My son can’t stop talking about how much fun he had playing lacrosse. The coaches told him he was a natural!

reviews-10 Stacy M. - Parent

This camp provides a good balance of lacrosse skill development and fun. My son really enjoyed his week at GameBreaker and I can see the improvement in his skills. We look forward to sending our younger son next year.

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